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Green Groups Embrace Climate Pragmatism

Leading green groups, including the National Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, are embracing a pragmatic approach to advance climate mitigation efforts by refocusing public outreach efforts around the near-term health benefits associated...

Posted March 23, 2012    

Will Cheap Energy Storage Come to Coal and Nuclear's Rescue?

Everyone knows that the development of low-cost, large-scale electricity storage technologies will be critical to the future of wind and solar energy--or at least everyone who reads The Energy Collective knows that! The ability to cheaply...

Posted March 22, 2012    

Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future?

Ask an expert on clean tech what the largest barriers to a low carbon energy future are, and chances are they will list higher technology costs, policy barriers, or the need for new infrastructure to accommodate novel energy sources.But according to...

Posted March 19, 2012    

The Future of Global Climate Policy: Clean Energy Innovation Imperative

It is time to take stock of our current climate trajectory, and consider what it means for climate policy. In Part 1 of this week long series, we argued that our current climate trajectory means we must 1) redouble efforts to reduce CO2 emissions as...

Posted January 25, 2012    

Avoiding a Natural Gas Bridge to Nowhere

Just as the history of unconventional natural gas production in America was fundamentally shaped by government support for new technology development, so too will the future of natural gas depend on America's willingness to make long-term public...

Posted January 20, 2012    

MIT Study: Rebound Effects Erode Auto Efficiency Gains

Automotive engines steadily improved in efficiency by roughly 60 percent from 1980 to 2006, according to a new study by MIT economist Christopher Knittel. That means we could already be driving cars that get an average of 37 miles per gallon (MPG...

Posted January 10, 2012    

2012 Budget Increases Nuclear Energy Research Funding

Before adjourning to watch yule logs and eat holiday hams, Congress actually managed to pass a 2012 budget bill. ITIF's Matthew Stepp provided us with an early analysis of the bill's impact on energy innovation funding. Funding for key Department of...

Posted January 6, 2012    

New Air Pollution Rules Could Reduce US Electric-Sector CO2 Emissions By More Than 4 Percent

Also by Alex Trembath. Two new federal air pollution regulations are expected to spur the closure of up to 67 aging, inefficient, coal-fired power plants, reducing both harmful air pollutants and emissions of the climate destabilizing greenhouse gas...

Posted January 4, 2012    

Climate Pragmatism in Action: New Mercury Regulations To Trigger Less Coal Use

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new (and long-overdue) regulations today to rein in mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants. The new mercury rules, designed to save lives and protect children from the...

Posted December 22, 2011    

Policy Key to Weather Cleantech Crisis

"The clean energy industry in the United States is indeed poised for crisis, as the bulk of the nation's major federal clean energy support programs are now scheduled to expire. The lapse of the Section 1705 DOE Loan Guarantee Program, which...

Posted November 23, 2011    

A Clean Energy Comeback Strategy

The global market for clean energy products grew to $243 billion in 2010, a year in which China and Germany both captured a greater share of this global investment than the United States. That has led many (myself included) to worry about the...

Posted October 27, 2011    

How Can Washington Green America's Economy?

Over at the National Journal's Energy forum, my Breakthrough Institute colleague Alex Trembath and I have a new submission to their ongoing discussion asking "How Can Washington Green America's Economy?" Here's the full text... Before discussing...

Posted August 18, 2011